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RX BIN: 015558
Group ID: DDN6600
Card Holder ID: DDN6600

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Gentian violet 1% solution



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What is Gentian Violet

A dye that is a mixture of violet rosanilinis with antibacterial, antifungal, and anthelmintic properties.

Gentian Violet mechanism of action

In aqueous solutions Gentian violet (GV) dissociates into positive (GV+)and negative ions (Cl-) that penetrate through the wall and membrane of both gram-positive and gram-negative bacterial cells. The GV+ interacts with negatively charged components of bacterial cells including the lipopolysaccharide (on the cell wall), the peptidoglycan and DNA. A similar cell penetration and DNA binding process is thought to take place for fungal cells as well. Because Gentian violet is a mutagen and mitotic poison, cell growth is consequently inhibited. A photodynamic action of gentian violet, apparently mediated by a free-radical mechanism, has recently been described in bacteria and in the protozoan T. cruzi. Evidence also suggests that gentian violet dissipates the bacterial (and mitochondrial) membrane potential by inducing permeability. This is followed by respiratory inhibition. This anti-mitochondrial activity might explain gentian violet’s efficacy towards both bacteria and yeast with relatively mild effects on mammalian cells.

Dosage forms of Gentian Violet

Form Route Strength
Tincture topical 1 g/100mL
Solution topical 2 g/100mL
Liquid topical 1 g/100mL
Prescription Generics


International Brands

De LA Cruz Gentian Violet


Crystal Violet Crystal violet carbocation


DLC Laboratories, Inc.

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Affected organisms

Yeast and other fungi

Indication of Gentian Violet

For the treatment of bacterial and fungal infections inside the mouth (thrush) and skin, also for the prevention of transmission of Chagas’ disease (as a blood additive).

Toxicity of Gentian Violet

LD sub50 /sub=420 mg/kg (rat, oral). Oral administration can cause gastrointestinal irritation, and intravenous injection can cause depression in the white blood cell count.

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